A handwritten statement of apology, has appeared on the Twitter account of model and American Music Awards host, Gigi Hadid, this morning following an outburst of criticism on social media. This came after the star impersonated incoming First Lady, Melania Trump, during her hosting of the ceremony on Sunday night. The outrage was caused by a skit of Mrs. Trump which made reference to her alleged copying of Michelle Obama's speech in the summer.

The Apology

A photograph of a hand written statement on Hadid's Twitter account made clear to her followers that the impersonation was "done in good humour and with no bad intent." Zayne Malik's other half continued on to express that she too has "been the centre of a nationally televised comedy skit that poked fun at [her] actions" and that she was able to see the humour behind it.

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Hadid acknowledged that Melania would understand the nature of television and show business and "the way shows are written and run. I apologise to anyone that I offended and have only the best wishes for our country. Respectfully, G." signed the model, ending her statement.

Where did it come from?

The skit at the music awards was derived from an incident in the summer when Melania took to the stage during the first day of the Republican National Convention. The wife of Donald Trump faced accusations of plagiarism following criticism that her speech bore similarities to that of Michelle Obama's convention speech in 2008. Melanie's speech, written with the help of a team of speechwriters, brought down the house and included themes of inclusivity, honesty and hard work.

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Mr Trump's campaign manager Paul Manafort claimed there was "no cribbing of Michelle Obama's speech." Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus, said he did not blame Mrs. Trump for the speech to which Donald Trump referred to as "absolutely incredible." Since the allegations, the two women of the White House have sat down together and chatted about the challenges of raising a family in the most watched house in America, the suspected copying never to be mentioned.

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